The Opioid Epidemic and its Effect on Individuals, Families, Upper Class, Middle Class and Those in Poverty: The Benefits of ACT

The drug crisis the world is facing in the 21st century is like none other ever seen. This crisis includes many drugs, but opioids seems to be the most difficult to treat, as it often begins with an innocent prescription. Everyone is affected. Individuals, families, rich, poor, educated and uneducated, presidents of companies, and teenagers in middle school. This course will look at our latest understanding of the opioid epidemic, the intersection of the opioid use disorder and poverty, medication assisted treatment (MAT), and the impact on the family. Mr. Luetgenau will teach the ACT approach,  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This approach will aid Mississippians in identifying barriers and solutions to help those impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Educational Objectives

After completing this course, participants will:

  • Be knowledgeable of the latest trends/statistics around opioid addiction in Mississippi and nationwide.
  • Have an understanding of the ACT Matrix to competently use in individual, family, and community practice.
  • Be knowledgeable of opportunities to incorporate families into the treatment environment, based on our latest understanding of family systems and recovery.
  • Be able to discern macro/micro-level values and maladaptive/adaptive behaviors for engaging issues around opioid misuse in Mississippi.

Available Continuing Education: 6 Hours

CHES-Certified Health Education Specialist

CPH-Certified Public Health

DMH-Addiction Therapist

DMH-Community Support Specialist

DMH-Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapist

DMH-Mental Health Therapist

DMH-Licensed Administrator

MAAP-Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals

NBCC/LPC-National Board Certified Counselors


SW-Social Work


Scott Luetgenau, MSW, LCAS




Jan. 22, 2020


9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Scott Luetgenau, MSW, LCAS